Godflesh – Post Self (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:04:07 minutes | 744 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Booklet, Front Cover | © Avalanche Recordings
The legendary band Godflesh return with “Post Self”, their first album since 2014’s “A World Lit Only By Fire”. Godflesh are known as an industrial metal band, but their 8th album, Post-Self, sees them move away from metal and experiment with industrial and post-punk sounds, exploring what inspired them in the first place. Lyrically the album deals with anxiety and depression, fear, mortality and paternal and maternal relationships.
The UK duo switch up their approach a bit here, as their eighth full-length to date explores the lighter, more experimental side of Godflesh. The release finds the band focusing more of their attention on the industrial and post-punk aspects of their sound rather than on their dense metallic tendencies.
Although Justin K. Broadrick and G.C. Green maintain their aggressive undertones, they highlight their late ’70s/early ’80s influences and hypnotic, Jesu-style flourishes. Tracks like “Mirror of Finite Light” and “Mortality Sorrow” feature trance-filled rhythms and lush synths, respectively, while tunes like “Be God” place dissonant noise at the forefront of the album.
However, Post Self still features that trademark colossal heaviness that Godflesh have become known for over nearly three decades. The title track and “Parasite” contain those instantly recognizable pulsating beats and crushing sludgy heaviness, while Broadrick’s distinct vocals are as powerful as ever.
The harsh intensity of Godflesh’s sound is coupled with themes that deal with anxiety, depression, fear and mortality, as well as paternal and maternal relationships, which add a whole other layer to the album’s dark atmosphere. Even though Post Self isn’t exactly what was expected, it’s a masterful release from two musicians who seem to be incapable of creating anything short of exquisite.
01 – Post Self
02 – Parasite
03 – No Body
04 – Mirror Of Finite Light
05 – Be God
06 – The Cyclic End
07 – Pre Self
08 – Mortality Sorrow
09 – In Your Shadow
10 – The Infinite End
11 – Parasite (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track]
12 – The Cyclic End (DUB Version) [Bonus Track]
13 – In Your Shadow (JK FLESH Reshape) [Bonus Track]
Produced by Justin K. Broadrick.
Justin K. Broadrick – guitar, voice, machines
BC Green – bass